TalkSPORT pundit and former footballer Jason Cundy has praised Wolves’ performance against league leaders Liverpool, claiming that Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were unlucky not to come away with three points.
Wolves levelled in the second half to leave the game delicately poised before Roberto Firmino struck a late winner to condemn the home side to an agonising defeat.
However, speaking on TalkSPORT after the game, Cundy suggested that Wolves were worthy of getting something from the game, arguing that they were simply unable to capitalise by gaining an advantage soon after equalising and leaving Liverpool on the ropes.
He said: “They are a really, really good team. They were a bit of a slow burner this season, I think the fact they had to come back early because of the Europa League kind of hampered them at the beginning.
“It’s tough, but Wolves have enough quality and certainly enough depth in their squad to perhaps live with that – and tonight’s performance, I thought they were the better side.
“Liverpool won, and Liverpool are brilliant right now. They find a way, and they weren’t at their best. Wolves gave them a hell of a game – in particular, second half. There was a period in the second half just after they got the goal where you sensed that Wolves felt that there was more in this game than just a point. They’re a damn good side, and they’ve got a good manager, and they’re there on merit.”
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Wolves’ current standing in the league table of seventh certainly backs up Cundy’s point, with the club level with Manchester United and Tottenham by virtue of goal difference despite the late defeat.
That they broke Liverpool’s long-time resistance in the Premier League by becoming the first team to score against them since Richarlison grabbed a consolation for Everton back in early December showed the merits of their display, with the Reds not being pegged back level in the league since Crystal Palace threatened to take a point at Selhurst Park before Firmino was also the eventual match-winner once more.
So having been minutes away from taking points off Liverpool, the credit they earned from Cundy is by all means deserved, not that they will have much to show for it having become the Reds’ latest victims.
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